Clean topsoil for bee-friendly Vauxhall

4 July 2016

Written by: Campaigns team

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Clean topsoil for bee-friendly Vauxhall

Vauxhall Gardens Estate TRA (VGERTA) are the first of Lambeth’s Edible Living community food growing schemes to take free delivery of top soil created by an innovative cleaning process.

Alison Masters-Maher from VGERTA’s Carmelita Community Centre took delivery of the soil – brought literally to the doorstep.

It’s for use in brand new bee-friendly flowerbeds – a great green alternative to the old car park. The flowers will support pollination of the Edible Living community garden, where residents “Grow their own”. There’s also a space for the local primary school to teach children about growing their own fruit and vegetables.

“This amazing gesture from Keepmoat and MSK is just what we needed to finish off our lovely garden,” says Alison. “We will plant excellent pollinators to create the missing link in The Bee Line project, so we can encourage the population of bees all around our local community.”

Lambeth Housing building contractor partners Keepmoat sourced the new soil from MSK Waste who have just opened a new plant that takes contaminated soil and turn it into fresh top soil.

This donation of 15 tonnes of free top soil is the first of a hoped-for stream of support to community garden projects all over Lambeth. Donating top soil to these projects has the potential to save over £10,000 over the year.